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West Ham recitals earn Dmitri Payet new France chance

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A new song has energized an old stadium this season as West Ham United's supporters have fallen beneath the spell of shimmeringly skillful French playmaker Dimitri Payet.

The Boleyn Ground, in east London, has been graced by West Ham greats such as Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winners, 1980 FA Cup final hero Trevor Brooking and record appearance-maker Billy Bonds.

West Ham recitals earn Dmitri Payet new France chance

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A new song has energized an old stadium this season as West Ham United's supporters have fallen beneath the spell of shimmeringly skillful French playmaker Dimitri Payet.

The Boleyn Ground, in east London, has been graced by West Ham greats such as Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winners, 1980 FA Cup final hero Trevor Brooking and record appearance-maker Billy Bonds.

Rodgers Wants To Protect Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to shield Raheem Sterling from the hype which has proved a millstone for other potential stars in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews as the positive spark in his club's otherwise poor start to the new season and he has been tipped for a bright future.

The grass roots revolution is here

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An extremely proud and historic day for UK Football Finder occurred on Saturday 3rd September 2011. At one of the oldest senior clubs in the country, Colliers Wood FC, a new era began as members from UK Football Finder came together to form a side to compete against the Jamie Lawrence Football Academy – the academy of an ex Premier and International footballer.

50% of men no longer play football with their mates – Here’s the solution

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1st September: As football fans across the country enjoy the start of the season, a new survey by The FA has revealed a staggering 54% of guys aren't enjoying regular kick-abouts with their friends.

On average, men feel compelled to hang up their boots due to a wide range of reasons including work commitments (37%), friends dropping out the game (20%) and the arrival of children (19%).

Do you want to play semi pro or pro? Now’s your chance

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We are proud to announce the first of many UKFF Pro Trial Challenge Matches.

You'll be representing the UK Football Finder brand, against the best players from the Jamie Lawrence Academy, so don't embarrass yourself. Exceptional players only.

Please bring £10 for the pitch, no pay, no play, and that is final.

Youth Football Development and the state of the game – An expert’s view (pt.II)

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Youth Football Development and the state of the game An expert's view (pt.II) is a post from: Just Football

As we continue to look at youth football and youth development in the UK on Just Football, here is Part II of our exclusive in-depth interview with Chris Green, award-winning multimedia journalist, BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster and author of Every Boy's Dream – England's Football Future on the Line.

Lampard and the FA plan for the future

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Frank Lampard teamed up with the FA, Tesco, and Sport England last week to announce a new drive that will provide 4.7 million places on Football Skills Courses by 2014 for 5 to 11 year olds. The FA, Tesco, and Sport England are intent on continuing to invest in grassroots football, and this latest push comes after the FA Tesco Skills Programme has already provided two million places on football skills courses.

The Academy in Free Fall

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West Ham United at home. I love this fixture, a love going back to the ‘60's when the East Enders brought a frisson of passion and violence both on and off the pitch.

West Ham. Take a moment, what do they mean to you? To me, the name evokes a different era The Academy, The Famous Three, The Chicken Run, Ron Greenwood, The Inner City Firm (hooligans), I'm forever Blowing Bubbles, Trevor Brooking's header in the 1980 FA Cup Final.

People Being Stupid, Blaming Clubs

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Europe's rich clubs blamed for World Cup woes - ESPN Soccernet I read things like this... More than half the players in the Premier League are from overseas and even the Football Association's head of development, Trevor Brooking, said that the national team faces greater problems still once the current generation of players fade.

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (June 20th)

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With the England team in disarray and needing victory against Slovenia in their last Group game to progress, it seems that both fans and player's are at loggerheads after two poor performances already in South Africa from England. But here's a look at what Premier League clubs are up to as they seek to strengthen their squads before the big kick-off in August.

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Kempes, Dainton and shattered Arsenal Heysel dreams

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Did I imagine it? Did I, as a naive 15-year-old, dream it? Has the truth mysteriously melded with fiction and legend in the intervening years since that horrible night in Brussels?

You see, I am convinced I saw Dainton swipe the silverware from Argentinian star Mario Kempes as he tried to board the Valencia team bus after we lost to the Spaniards on penalties in the 1980 Cup Winner's Cup final at the now infamous Heysel Stadium.

Jack talks finals, Arshavin, Sagna and dark forces

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Good morning all,

we now know our Carling Cup final opponents. There is to be no catharsis for the misery inflicted on us by Trevor Brooking and his stooping headering ways back in 1980 as West Ham, 3-1 up at half-time, went out 4-3 in extra time to Birmingham.

Won't that be fun? Those smashers of Crozilians, stampers of Sagna, managed by a man who looks like a some kind of bellowing ginger testicle and with fans who still sing the name of a man who ruined another's career.


Why England must NEVER turn to a foreign boss again

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Why England must NEVER turn to a foreign boss again

I remember December 17, 2007, as though it was yesterday. And to adapt and sanitise an old Frank Carson gag ... you know what a terrible day yesterday was. On the left flank of a top table in a London hotel suite sat Trevor Brooking, with the sort of demeanour a father might have at his daughter's wedding to the local scoundrel.

Brooking – England need 10 Jack Wilsheres!

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The England legend Trevor Brooking, who works for the FA as their Director of Football Development, watched the England U21s draw their second successive game at the U21 European Championships, and bemoaned the fact that the young Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere wasn't there to add "creativity and subtlety" to the team.

Could Steve McClaren Really Return As England Manager?

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Trevor Brooking has today claimed that Steve McClaren could one day return as the manger of the England side. With Fabio Capello already stating that he will leave his position with the FA after the 2012 European Championships, and the FA insisting that an Englishmen will replace him, could ‘The Wally with the Brolly' really return?

Dear Trevor Brooking, Shut Up.

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So, West Ham and England legened and all round FA go to boy Trevor Brooking has added to his previous comments that the next manager of England should be English by putting Steve McClaren's name in the frame. I'm sure you don't need reminding what happened last time Steve was England boss.

Brooking reasons that Steve has done well post Brollygate leading FC Twente to the title in Holland, and is now manager of erm, under performing Wolfsbuirg.

Video: Prince William and Steven Gerrard battle to out-dull each other

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Come in, Rustenburg. London calling If you have ever wondered whether Steven Gerrard would talk to the future king any differently than he talks to Tony Gubba we can now confirm that he wouldn't. In his role as president of the FA, Prince William took part in a conference call with the England squad.

Video: Carlsberg’s England World Cup team talk

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If Carlsberg did team talks... Carlsberg have put together this inspirational pre-World Cup team talk for England's players. The video calls in a host off footballing and national heroes, as well as one or two quirky figures. Featured are Stuart Pearce, Trevor Brooking, Jack Charlton, Kelly Holmes, Steve Redgrave, Ellen MacArthur, Nigel Benn, Phil 'The Power' Taylor, [.

England World Cup History (Part II: 1982 – 2006)

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We ended Part I of England's World Cup history with the quarter-final defeat to West Germany at the 1970 World Cup. World Cup winning manager Alf Ramsey was fired after failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, and successor Don Revie jumped ship when it became clear England wouldn't qualify for thee 1978 tournament.

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EXCLUSIVE John Motson interview: Four decades, 1700 matches… and countless sheepskin coats!

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EXCLUSIVE John Motson interview: Four decades, 1700 matches... and countless sheepskin coats!

Dear old Motty's notes went flying, a table on the gantry overturned and microphone leads were ripped from their sockets. Somehow, amid the bedlam, John Motson managed to convey the drama of David Beckham's ­stoppage-time free kick against Greece, which sent England to the 2002 World Cup finals, into the nation's living rooms.

Don’t Mention The Euro

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The 1966 final has cast a shadow over past five or so decades: in some ways it's difficult for those of us that do not have our own memories of the game to really believe it happened and that we actually beat the Germans, despite being witnessess to the win in Belgium in the European Championship and the simply astonishing 5-1 win in September 2001.

Carlsberg’s Team Talk Ad

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What was planned to be an inspirational ad for the nation of England, kind of turns out to be a bit too exaggerated with a bit too many of the English faces involved. Now, I couldn't recognize all of them but here's the list of people featured in this ad from Guardian:

Stuart "Psycho" Pearce, Trevor Brooking, Steve Redgrave (literally draped in the flag shouting "Do us proud!

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If Carlsberg made adverts, they'd probably be the best in the world... Well they have given it a go and it certainly lives up to that standard...

Click here to view the embedded video.

English stars across all sports have turned up for this advert along with a couple of FA boys; Trevor Brooking, Stuart Pearce, Jack Charlton, Steve Redgrave, Kelly Holmes and Phil Taylor amongst the recognisable faces in the advert.

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Portals Of Discovery

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A man's errors are his portals of discovery

One by one they walked off, the golden generation. Jermain Defoe shirtless; Joe Cole man of a match he would never wish to remember; Paolo Di Canio staring straight ahead, perhaps contemplating his pledge to commit suicide if West Ham were relegated.

West Ham v Manchester City, 1969: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos takes a trip back to 1969 to a match played between West Ham United and Manchester City on a slippery pitch at Upton Park.

The match features some legendary English footballers such as Manchester City's Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell against West Ham United featuring Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Frank Lampard Sr.

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Whatever happened to… The Stanchion?

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Let it never be said that GhostGoal is afraid of tackling the really big issues in football today. Here's Oli Baker ...

English football is almost unrecognisable from 20 years ago. All these changes have been very well documented and argued ad nauseum. One development has been criminally overlooked.

SUSO: The emasculation of another creative Liverpool FC youth talent begins...

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The latest comments from Liverpool reserve team boss John McMahon highlight (IMO) a major issue with the club's coaching philosophy for creative youth players. It's the same depressing problem that has afflicted English football for decades, and something that Trevor Brooking has been tirelessly highlighting for years: over-emphasis (by british coaches) on strength, stamina and the physical side of the game, and not enough work being done to encourage skill, technique and creativity.

The National Football Centre: Is It Actually Worthwhile For English Youth Development?

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"This can kick-start English football and it would, over time, move us forward with a huge leap. That would not, obviously, happen immediately, but given two or three years it would start making a clear difference." So says Howard Wilkinson, architect of the original plan for The Football Association to build a National Football Centre at Burton-on-Trent.

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England Prospects in the Football League

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Scott Loach's call up to the Capello Crew for last week's friendly international against Hungary is the latest evidence of a expanding trend. As Premier League squads pack their gills with outsiders to these Isles, the Italian and his eventual successors will be forced to look elsewhere for home grown talent.

Former Irish Boss Roots For England in Carlsberg Ad

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Former Rep. of Ireland boss Jack Charltonhas gone back to his roots as he cheers on England in this newly released Carlsberg ad for Englands World Cup campaign.

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Three Lions Versus the World Out Today

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Mark Pougatch is a well-known broadcaster who has been a sports presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live since 1998. He has also presented Football Focus and Match of the Day on BBC Television, and has worked on many major sporting events, including the Olympics, Wimbledon, the Grand National, the Ashes and the World Cup.

Video Of The Week: Anderlecht vs West Ham United – 1976 CWC Final

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This week's Video Of The Week comes courtesy of RSC Anderlecht's YouTube page, and is the complete 1976 European Cup Winners Cup Final between Anderlecht and West Ham United. West Ham's achievement in reaching a European trophy final in a season during which they finished in eighteenth place can't be understated, but they met their match in an Anderlecht team that contained, amongst others, François Van Der Elst (who went on to play for West Ham between 1981 and 1983) and the Dutch pairing of Arie Haan and Rob Rensenbrink.